Bhagavatula named Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist

Middlebrook eighth graders Anika Bhagavatula was named one of 300 semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS National Science competition on Sept. 6.

The competition is a national competition for middle school students, sponsored by the Society for Science & The Public, designed to inspire and encourage young scientists, engineers and innovators.

Last year, Anika and her teammates designed a product that used banana skins to clean metal out of water.

Their project won Middlebrook’s Shark Tank competition, and Anika decided to use the idea for her Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair project.

After winning best in fair, Anika went on to compete in the 68th annual Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair, where she won three first-place and two second-place awards and qualified for the Broadcom MASTERS.

From a pool of more than 6,000 Broadcom MASTERS applicants, representing the top 10% of sixth, seventh and eighth grader, Anika completed an extensive application that required her to explain her project in detail and evaluated her understanding of science and engineering in everyday life.

Although she was not named a finalist in this year’s Broadcom MASTERS competition, Anika hopes to “work with a lab to do further testing of her idea” and “file a patent for her invention,” according to the Wilton Public School’s News From the Schools newsletter.